About a week ago, I received a text message from them asking to sew with Aunt Jayne. We set a date for the Sunday of Labor Day weekend to meet at Grandma Jeannie's for an afternoon of sewing. That gave me time to shop for colorful, kid-appealing fat quarters at JoAnn Fabrics, which had a great sale going on. I'd determined that we would be making headbands, so I also picked up some elastic.
|Anna Rose cutting her fabric.|
|Mary Jean tried cutting with snipper scissors.|
|She found that she could cut faster with big shears.|
|Anna Rose with her blue-green headband.|
|Mary Jean with her purple polka dot headband.|
|My cutie-pies look adorable in their new headbands!|
|Their cousin Emma (my younger daughter) stopped by to help.|
|I was grateful for Emma's assistance! And the girls adore her!|
|Mary Jean is putting stuffing into a little doll pillow.|
|She made two pillows.|
|Anna Rose wanted to cut shapes and put them on the fabric. I told her this was a real quilty thing called applique. Don't you think she did great?|
By late in the afternoon, I wasn't needed to hover over them; they were capable and comfortable using the machines, and were completely engaged in creating little bags or pillows or applique panels. I made 4 more headbands while they created. These can be shared between them or given to friends.
As we headed home after a very long day - we'd gone to an 8am service at Chapel in the Woods, and finished off the day with a cookout at long-time friends, Jim and Shirley's - I remarked to DH that I hoped the day was one the girls would remember long into their old age. Some days from my childhood are seared into my memory; I'd like to think we accomplished that with these dear sweet nieces.
Happy Quilting, Friends!